verb (used with object), sheathed, sheath·ing.
to put (a sword, dagger, etc.) into a sheath. to plunge (a sword, dagger, etc.) in something as if in a sheath.
to enclose in or as if in a casing or covering.
to cover or provide with a protective layer or sheathing: to sheathe a roof with copper. to cover (a cable, electrical connector, etc.) with a metal sheath for grounding.
Origin of sheathe
1350–1400; Middle English shethen,Related formssheath·er, noun
derivative of sheath
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for sheathe
Historical Examples of sheathe
He must then sheathe his weapon, and not, on any account, strike a second time.
I have drawn my sword, and never will I sheathe it, till America is free, or I'm no more.
I'll away with the scabbard, and sheathe my sword in the bosom of tyranny.
I am more tempted to sheathe this dagger in Jabaster's breast than in Alroy's.
"Sheathe the dagger and waste no words upon these slaves, Daughter," said Asti.
British Dictionary definitions for sheathe
to insert (a knife, sword, etc) into a sheath
(esp of cats) to retract (the claws)
to surface with or encase in a sheath or sheathing
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Word Origin and History for sheathe
c.1400, "to furnish (a sword, etc.) with a sheath," from sheath; meaning "to put (a sword, etc.) in a sheath" is attested from early 15c. Related: Sheathed; sheathing.
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